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Mar 30, 2014

Debate on Russian energy imports strains German coalition

BERLIN, March 30 (Reuters) – A debate over whether Germany
needs to rethink its energy strategy and reduce its dependence
on Russian gas imports due to the Ukraine crisis is causing
tensions within Chancellor Angela Merkel’s right-left coalition.

Some senior centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have
questioned a remark by conservative Merkel that Europe’s biggest
economy, which imports some 35 percent of its gas from Russia,
would take another look at its energy policy amid the crisis.

Mar 25, 2014

Germany plans legal quotas for women on non-executive boards

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 100 listed German companies will be required to allocate 30 percent of seats on their non-executive boards to women, under planned new laws which were dismissed by critics as tokenism.

Although Europe’s biggest economy has a female leader in Chancellor Angela Merkel, women are under-represented in business life.

Mar 20, 2014

Merkel says EU will hit Russia with economic sanctions if needed

BERLIN (Reuters) – European leaders will show they are ready to ramp up punitive measures against Russia, including politically sensitive economic sanctions, at a summit starting on Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel told the German parliament.

The German leader, who has in the last few weeks toughened her stance against Russia over its actions in Ukraine and the integration of the Crimea region, also indicated that the Group of Eight economic powers may expel Russia from the exclusive club.

Mar 13, 2014

Merkel warns Russia of “massive damage” if it persists

BERLIN, March 13 (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel warned
Moscow on Thursday that it risked “massive” political and
economic damage if it refused to change course on Ukraine,
saying Western leaders were united in their readiness to impose
sanctions on Russia if necessary.

The chancellor, using her strongest language since the start
of the crisis and removing any suspicion that Germany might seek
to avoid a confrontation with President Vladimir Putin, said his
actions would lead to “catastrophe” for Ukraine and much more.

Feb 26, 2014

Germany must scrap its green energy law, say experts

BERLIN, Feb 26 (Reuters) – A commission of experts appointed
by the German parliament has recommended Chancellor Angela
Merkel’s government to abolish all subsidies for green energy,
highlighting mounting opposition to plans to reform instead of
scrap the system.

Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel is finalising
much-disputed changes to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG) which
includes reductions in subsidies for green energy before he
presents it to cabinet in early April.

Feb 4, 2014

Celebrity tax dodging prompts calls for crackdown in Germany

BERLIN, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Revelations that prominent Germans
have for years hoarded cash in secret bank accounts have
prompted calls from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Social Democrat
(SPD) coalition partners for a clampdown on tax dodging.

Germany’s front pages have been dominated by in recent days
by public confessions from feminist activist Alice Schwarzer and
Berlin city’s Culture Minister Andre Schmitz about tax evasion.

Feb 2, 2014

German industry says energy reform plans threaten jobs

BERLIN (Reuters) – German industry has warned that the government’s new energy plans jeopardize jobs in Europe’s biggest economy, in particular a proposal to make firms that generate their own electricity pay charges to support renewable sources.

Social Democrat (SPD) Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has outlined a much-needed reform to a system of costly subsidies which has helped to fund a boom in green energy in Germany. He is now working on details.

Jan 29, 2014

Under Gabriel, Germany’s SPD sets the pace in Merkel coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s new vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has turned his Social Democrats (SPD) into a driving force in Berlin and so far stolen the headlines from his boss Angela Merkel, still hobbling on crutches after a skiing accident.

Determined to push through center-left policies in Europe’s biggest economy and boost the SPD’s chances of winning the next election in 2017, Gabriel and SPD ministers have set the agenda on issues from pensions to energy and foreign policy.

Jan 21, 2014

Germany’s industrial base at risk if green energy shift fails

BERLIN, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Germany risks undermining its
industrial base if it fails to undertake radical reform of
incentives for the country’s renewable energy sector, its new
economy minister said on Tuesday in a clear signal of his
support for industry.

German firms had to stay competitive, Sigmar Gabriel said a
day before he outlines planned changes to a renewable energy law
to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet, which sources say will
involve deep cuts in green energy support.

Jan 8, 2014

Germany looks into welfare abuse to tame immigrant row

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet agreed on Wednesday to explore new policies to stop immigrants abusing welfare benefits in an effort to defuse a row within her new right-left coalition over migrants from Romania and Bulgaria.

Immigration has become a hot issue in Germany, as also in Britain and France, due to the lifting of restrictions on the rights of Romanians and Bulgarians to work anywhere in the 28-nation European Union as of January 1.

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